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Bruce Zimmermann Baltimore Orioles

Tough debut for one rook but things are looking up for the O's.

The Baseball America prospect report...

Baltimore Orioles

—In the first game of Baltimore’s doubleheader with the Rays, Ryan Mountcastle went 2-for-3 with a pair of singles. The rest of his teammates collected just one hit over the rest of the seven-inning game. Mountcastle added another hit and an RBI in the second game.

—Righthander Dean Kremer continued the solid start to his big league career by tossing five one-run innings with six strikeouts. He’s whiffed 20 over 16 innings, spanning three starts.

—Lefty Bruce Zimmermann made his big league debut in the second game of Baltimore’s doubleheader with the Rays. The former Braves prospect—drafted in the fifth round in 2017 and dealt to Baltimore as part of the package for Kevin Gausman—allowed five earned runs on four hits and a walk. He struck out two, the first being Nate Lowe—looking—to end the first inning.

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Garrett Cleavinger Philadelphia Phillies

Yesterday's Debut

P Garrett Cleavinger (PHI)

Born: April 23, 1994 (Age: 26-147d)

Drafted: Drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in the 3rd round of the 2015 MLB June Amateur Draft from University of Oregon (Eugene, OR).

Debut: 0.2 ip, 1 er, 1 k, 0 bb


  • Bruce Zimmermann (BAL), P, 25-221d
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Brandon Workman Philadelphia Phillies

After last night, more than half the balls in play have landed for hits since he was traded. Which doesn't count the three out of play. In 18 innings this year he's given up more hits than he allowed in 72 last year.

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Ian Anderson Atlanta Braves

I merged two Ian Anderson's -- again. Maybe tomorrow we'll get his stats.

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Brooks Raley Cincinnati Reds

The Monkey this morning:

Houston Astros – As predicted, Ryan Pressly got the night off Thursday, but so did Andre Scrubb, as lefty Brooks Raley instead was called upon to secure his first major league save. With two lefties due up in the ninth, Dusty Baker turned to Raley, who has been very effective against lefties this season (.148 BAA, .466 OPS against). 

Hierarchy remains: Pressly | Scrubb | Peacock.

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Sam Selman San Francisco Giants

PS -- "Pretty well" is an understatement. A 1.04 WHIP -- even more a 0.89 Rating -- suggest his ERA easily could be, heck should be, much lower.

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The Monkey this morning:

San Francisco Giants – Sam Selman earned his first career save Thursday, securing a 6-4 win for the Giants, who find themselves in a playoff race. Tony Watson pitched the seventh inning with the 8-9-1 hitters (two righties) due up. This is Gabe Kapler, so the manager’s unorthodox use of late-inning arms shouldn’t be all that surprising. Selman has actually pitched pretty well this season (20 Ks in 16.2 IP with a 2.70 ERA), and in some high-leverage spots, so perhaps he’s starting to earn Kapler’s trust.

Updated hierarchy: *Watson | Rogers | Selman.
* = closer-by-committee

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Adam Eaton Washington Nationals

To the 10-day IL with less than ten days left in the season. The Nats' season.

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1) I love that the new league I'm in allows only 6 non-miinor league keepers and that salaries/contracts are very simple -- you just add $5 to everyone who gets kept (no contracts).
It makes the auction 100x more fun because so many big names are in.

2) Also me (in my other leagues) -- how will I possibly cut to only 15 keepers.

3) These aren't mutually exclusive. If I had to add $5 to my other league salaries, getting under 15 keepers would be simple.
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Ian Anderson Atlanta Braves

I took over a team from AndyPro who had two minor leaguers of the type I would NEVER keep -- a $15 Jazz Chisholm (struggling but stealing) and a minor league pitcher $5 Ian Anderson. Well, I probably wouldn't be flirting with the money if it wasn't for the 2020-statless-here Anderson.

Goes to show that you aren't always right.

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Giancarlo Stanton New York Yankees

Well that was fun. Yankees scored 43 runs in three games as they told the Blue Jays who was in charge here. All kinds of records were set or tied. First team with six or more home runs in three straight games. The 19 homers were three more than any team ever had hit in a three-game span. Three of the homers last night came on consecutive pitches. Five homers in one inning tied a record with six other teams.

Statcast doesn't go back to the beginning of time, so we have to assume all of these are records: 2,005 feet of home runs in one, 2,377 in the game and 7,496 in the series.

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Peter Fairbanks Tampa Bay Rays

After edging the Orioles in a 3-1 squeaker in Camden Yards, the Rays went  home, but stayed in Camden Yards, to subdue the Orioles 10-6 in a back and forth battle in the second game.

Peter Fairbanks emerged with his fifth victory. One starting pitcher has won four. Two starting pitchers have won three. The Rays have won 32.

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Trevor Story Colorado Rockies

Hit his 11th homer tonight, his tenth with no one on.

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Walker Buehler Los Angeles Dodgers

Not getting the IPs to get the Ws ...

In fact, Buehler and May only have 1 W apiece ... 5 relievers on the Dodgers have 3 each ... 2020 ...

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Alex Colome Chicago White Sox

Protecting a one-run lead over the second-place Twins in the top of the ninth, he retired Sano and Buxton on line drives -- one pitch to Sano, three to Buxton --  gave up an infield single to Gonzalez, and retired Astudillo on a lazy fly to center. Notching his 12th save in 13 chances, he lowered his ERA to 0.89.

His FIP coming into the game was 3.03, but what does FIP know?

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Eloy Jimenez Chicago White Sox

In the second Eloy struck out looking against Maeda. In the fourth he struck out swinging against Maeda. In the sixth he struck out swinging against Wisler. But in the eighth, on the first pitch he saw from Romo, he doubled to left to drive in the go-ahead run, a run that stood up, clinching a spot in the postseason with eight more games to play.

They opened a three-game lead over the Twins in the division, which means... not much.

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Jarrod Dyson Pittsburgh Pirates

Singled in the seventh this afternoon against the Twins, stole second, advanced to third when Tim Anderson grounded to second, scored on a roller to deep short that Abreu legs out for a hit.

Score tied! First score of six that is not a home run!

The home town cardboard cutouts cheer frantically, or would if they could.

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Josh Donaldson Minnesota Twins

Oh is that all? When I saw his name at the top of Lists I assumed he had gone back on the DL.

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Donaldson kicks dirt on the plate after his HR trot because he didn't like a previous strike call. Gets ejected. Just beautiful.

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Baseball itself, very plainly, is about to enter its own Stage Four. Manfred is already talking about extending the vastly expanded postseason that we are about to witness into next season.

Here's what Patrick Dubuque of Baseball Prospectus has to say about that.

It’s not hard to understand why the owners are in favor of making this permanent: More playoff games equals more television and gate revenue. It’s the creation of a set of dramatic, vital contests, except that it isn’t really creation so much as transference. Baseball is extracting the drama and importance of 162 regular season contests and concentrating them into a single week in October, where it can be packaged for a national audience. It’s a classic case of chasing short-term profits at the cost of eroding the foundation of the sport, but in this case, it’s necessary because it allows for … even greater short-term profits at the cost of eroding an even greater foundation of the sport...

The same chaos that makes baseball the best regular season sport is what awards its championships to wild card teams that get the calls, the bounces, and the sun doubles.

Expanding the playoffs will only flood the game with more of these lottery balls, and the effect will be disastrous. With no way for the favorites to actually be heavily favored (The Dodgers, a .700 team, don’t even have better-than-even odds of winning consecutive playoff series), the window in which a team is justified in spending on free agents becomes incredibly tight. The winters will be barren, and the transaction list in early November will look like an abattoir with all the non-tenders. Baseball’s regular season will become a glorified six-month waiting period, with the occasional spice of seeing some team lose their star for the season to injury. Everything eventually gets sacrificed upon the altar of October. 

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